Shibu Onsen

Shibu Onsen, Yamanouchi-machi: Address, Phone Number, Shibu Onsen Reviews: 4.5/5

Shibu Onsen
4.5
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Departure742957
5 contributions
beautiful place
Feb 2020
I walk to Shibu Onsen in February when I visited Snow Monkey park.
There are many Onsen and restaurants. Shibu Onsen is clam and beautiful/
Written 15 February 2020
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Cecilia
Brisbane, Australia27 contributions
Quaint onsen town
Jan 2020
My husband and I stayed 1 night at a ryokan in Shibu Onsen. It's a small, quiet town that is easily explored in a few hours. We were provided yukata and geta by our ryokan and went onsen hopping in the afternoon and evening through all 9 onsens. The onsens are very hot so even though it was winter we didn't feel cold walking around in the yukatas between the onsens. We also collected stamps on the souvenir towel at every onsen and it's a very cute souvenir. The next morning we went to the snow monkey park which was a bus ride away and convenient to get to. Would highly recommend a short visit to Shibu onsen!
Written 22 January 2020
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1 264 contributions
Intriguing onsen town
Jan 2020 • Family
We stopped at this charming place for 30 min after we saw the snow monkeys. It’s an intriguing place with quite a few bath houses and ryokan lining the narrow lanes. There are also shrines. I’d like to come back and stay here to enjoy the onsens.
Written 20 January 2020
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Aprime1980
London, UK151 contributions
Great place to visit
Jan 2020 • Solo
I came here for the 9 onsens which is days to cure any illness but big broken hearts

You can also get the keys to open those onsens from ryokan in that Immediate area so please enquire

I wore a full sleeve thermal room Yukata and hanten which is like a winter Yukata from my ryokan. I also had warm socks and borrowed an umbrella from my ryokan befire waking about.

You need to buy a towel which comes in a red envelope for 350

I will tell you on how to do the stamps. So get the key from the ryokan which should be attached to a big wooden thin block do you can’t lose it plus there should be a small plastic map attached to it

Read the rules of the onsen at of the 9 buildings. I used cold water in the onsen to make it cooler

I would advice against doing all 9 in one go as your towel will become quiet wet after the 3rd or 4th time

Spread it over 2 days. Please use my photo to see where the stamps go and what way up. The top stamp is simple as all are like that apart from the big stamp on the top row

Each onsen had 2 stamps where the fire symbol goes on the top and where on the towel it goes. It’s the bottom stamp you want to get right , look at the back to see the number on what way it is up OR make sure the metal pin on the back of the big stamp is on the top / 12 o clock position

Number 1 onsen is in the far right of the towel as the Japanese counting is right to left. You don’t need to do the stamps in order as where my ryokan was the order I did it was 3,2,1,4,5,6,7,8,9

otherwise I would have back track and j would recommend carrying water or you can buy from the vending machine

There are toilets which your map key should show as a green symbol. There was a building near onsen 1 which was on the map which had toilets and had table tennis stands on it.

After you complete you should do what I did and get a nice ramen and soft drink bit if you drink alcohol then by all means get that

I did at 1900 to be fair as I knew it would be quiet and it would be even more beautiful with the lights like the anime spirited away

I will get my towel framed and please observe and obey the rules. If you have tattoos then as the rules say don use the onsen. I ain’t got any so that wasn’t my problem

Please don’t be that stupid foreigner who makes the rest of us look bad. Please do research and if you use the cold water in the onsen then turn it off after use
Written 7 January 2020
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Teagan B
10 contributions
Onsen Hopping
Dec 2019 • Couples
We stayed in Shibu Onsen for two nights we were hoping to see the snow but the snow season is starting very late this year. We stayed at one of the traditional Ryokans which by traditional we mean futon beds tatami mats and a shared bathroom. Shibu Onsen is one of an old Onsen town so don’t be surprised when you don’t find tonnes of shops and restaurants open 24 hours from you. This also means the Onsen while fantastic are a tiny bit run down. But the locals make up for this tenfold everyone was very welcoming and helpful. While I can’t compare to other Onsen towns I definitely think it is worth the visit.
Written 21 December 2019
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Saibal S
San Francisco, CA2 187 contributions
Beautiful quaint town with hot springs and ryokans!
Mar 2019 • Couples
This was our access point to visit the snow monkey park and we chose this place to experience our first Ryokan, a Japanese inn. And it was a great choice!

We stayed here for two nights and visited the monkey park twice. On the first day, we walked back instead of taking a taxi/bus and we meandered thru a Sake brewery, which was excellent! After returning to our Ryokan, we donned our Yukatas, took our basket with bath towels and visited all the nine onsens. It was fun!

Next morning, we were pleasantly surprised by a light snowfall. I took my drone out to the bridge and flew it for a short flight.

This was a very relaxing place to stay enhanced by our amazing ryokan (Kokuya) with their excellent service, breakfast, dinners and private open air Onsens!
Written 9 April 2019
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Thomas S
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
Relaxing and rejuvenating
Mar 2019 • Couples
Shibu Onsen was the perfect stopover to relax and rejuvenate in the many public onsen on offer, after a ski trip to nearby Shiga Kogen. It was a breeze to get around on foot to explore the town, even in the cool winter's weather, where there are delicious food options available. There are also a couple of public foot bath to soak and rest your feet from all the walking.

Shibu Onsen is also a short 45-60mins walk away from Snow Monkey park.
Written 19 March 2019
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KL19
Singapore, Singapore241 contributions
9 public onsen to experience
Feb 2019
A 10-15mins Walk or a 3mins bus ride from the snow monkey park, this is a small town with 9 public onsen to experience. Each claimed to have different medicinal property from the minerals in the onsen.

However on 20/2 (Wed), there was only 1 onsen opened despite all being Public bath. Not sure if it was because of low season or holiday.

If you are a guest at any of the Ryokan, you can use any of the public bath for free. Otherwise you will need to pay at the Ryokan/property looking after the Onsen.
Written 26 February 2019
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Eelbones
Alaska38 contributions
Wonderful Place
Feb 2019 • Solo
This is an authentic Japanese spa town that dates back 1300 years or more. If you plan on recreating in the area and want to see the snow monkey park this is the place to be. It is very quaint, cultural and picturesque. There are many accommodation options at all price levels. I highly recommend this town, especially if you enjoy the therapy of the hot spring.
Written 13 February 2019
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Arek O
Nagano, Japan110 contributions
Onsen village
Feb 2019 • Solo
This was my second visit. This time I have stayed overnight. Something unique, I visited all the 9 public Onsens. A very interesting experience. Although, some of the onsens are run down. The whole place was very very quiet, but that is why I liked it. I those days it is very difficult to find quite touristy locations. Only few restaurants were open. But I had good sashimi then good yakitori and then finished with great soba udon mushroom soup. I do recommend for those who would like to have a quite day or two. This also was good base for the visit to the snow monkeys park.
Written 6 February 2019
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